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Barking and Dagenham council raid finds 70 living in four homes

PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:58 01 March 2016

Council housing enforcement officers, police and immigration officers executed warrants for four properties as part of a clampdown on unlicensed landlords

Council housing enforcement officers, police and immigration officers executed warrants for four properties as part of a clampdown on unlicensed landlords

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Police and council officers discovered 70 people living in just four properties as they continued their clampdown on rogue landlords.

The raid was conducted last Wednesday night on addresses across the borough. One home in Longbridge Road, Barking, was divided into six units and appeared to serve as a hotel. Officers also witnessed excessive overcrowding in a property in Green Lane, Dagenham, where they found eight people in just one room.

Cabinet member for crime and enforcement, Councillor Laila Butt, said it was “unacceptable” for landlords to take advantage of people “to make a fast buck”.

“They are not only taking advantage of vulnerable people and children but abusing our landlord licensing scheme – that is if they are licensed.

“If they cannot abide by council’s rules they will be prosecuted in court as previous successful prosecutions. We will not tolerate or accept this attitude from rogue landlords.”

Planning enforcement action will be taken by the council against the landlords. Cllr Butt said they would “continue to work with our residents and partners to investigate and where possible prosecute landlords who break the rules or fail to act in a socially responsible manner”.

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